Romany and Tom

Romany and Tom

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Ben Watt's father, Tommy, was a working-class Glaswegian jazz musician, a politicised left-wing bandleader and a composer. His heyday in the late fifties took him into the glittering heart of London's West End, where he broadcast live with his own orchestra from the Paris Theatre and played nightly with his quintet at the the glamorous Quaglino's. Ben's mother, Romany, the daughter of a Methodist parson, schooled at Cheltenham Ladies' College, was a RADA-trained Shakespearian actress, who had triplets in her first marriage before becoming a leading showbiz columnist in the.sixties and seventies. They were both divorcees from very different backgrounds who came together like colliding trains in 1957. Both a personal journey and a portrait of his parents, Romany and Tom is a vivid story of the post-war years, ambition and stardom, family roots and secrets, life in clubs and in care homes. It is also about who we are, where we come from, and how we love and live with each other for a long time.The late-summer sun was shining and he had the Duke Ellington Orchestra on the stereo. ... It was such attention to detail that had recently convinced him to replace his groovy French Renault 5 with a coolly efficient Mazda 323F, and in so doing to ... In the mirror he could see two container lorries on his inside, and found he had only one arm to operate a manual car travelling at almost eighty miles peranbsp;...


Title:Romany and Tom
Author: Ben Watt
Publisher:A&C Black - 2014-02-13
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